FINAL EPA Public Hearing on proposed Duwamish River cleanup plan
Wednesday, May 29, 2:00 & 6:00 PM
Come to the Pre-Hearing Rally @ 5:00 PM
Town Hall (Downtown Seattle)
1119 Eighth Avenue – Spanish interpretation available
Make your voice heard to ensure a clean, safe “River for All"
What’s at Stake?
In 2001 the Lower Duwamish Waterway was declared a federal Superfund site, marking it as one of the most polluted rivers in the nation. Years of toxic build up, including PCBs, arsenic, PAHs, and dioxins/furans, have left an unacceptable legacy of contaminated sediments and cancer risks. The Department of Health has declared all shellfish, crabs and resident fish unsafe to eat from the Duwamish.
Despite these risks many people continue to rely on the waterway as a food source, recreational location and community center. The river also remains a heartline to our regional economy, supporting both the industries that line its banks and the tribal nations who commercially fish salmon from its waters.
This is our final chance for a clean and safe Duwamish!
On February 28, 2013, after 12 years of survey and the remediation of several "Early Action Areas," the Environmental Protection Agency released its final Proposed Cleanup Plan for the remaining contaminants in the river.
While the EPA's proposed plan provides a good basis for recovery, it will not ensure the health of people who eat seafood from the river or visit Duwamish beaches recreationally. Maximum removal of toxins by precision dredging is the only reliable method to ensure long-term safety, however this represents a relatively small proportion of the proposed cleanup. Leaving toxins in place and relying on “natural recovery” and/or unstable caps that may be disrupted by flooding, earthquakes, ship accidents, or other disturbances presents an unacceptable risk.
In addition to local impacts on human health, a thorough and safe cleanup also represents an opportunity to benefit the entire Puget Sound food web by removing long-lived toxins that are making their way into salmon, bottom fish, orca whales, and even people.
Your voice is needed!
Due to the importance of Seattle's only river to residents, industry, businesses, tribal fisheries, and wildlife, we encourage you to attend the upcoming hearing and submit comments to the EPA to ensure that the cleanup of the Lower Duwamish Waterway is as durable and far reaching as possible. This is the big plan we have been waiting for. This is our last chance to preserve a river for all
NEXT WEEK: Attend the EPA Public Hearing
Wednesday, May 29, 2:00 & 6:00 PM [Pre-Hearing Rally at 5:00 PM]
Town Hall (downtown Seattle)
1119 Eighth Avenue - Spanish interpretation available
How to comment:
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 6th Avenue, Suite 900 ECL-111
Seattle, WA 98101
COMMENT DEADLINE: JUNE 13, 2013